There’s Someone Inside Your House is the kind of book that just makes you sit back and think “wow” long after you have finished reading. The book is such a thrill ride and it was so much fun, while at the same time keeping me at the edge of my seat from the very first chapter. Stephanie Perkins really knows how to draw in a reader’s attention and keep them turning pages from the very beginning of her books, and she did a splendid job with this in There’s Someone Inside Your House.
“‘Is it true about her throat?’ Alex asked. ‘Three slashes in a smiley face?’
Makani fought the urge to scold her again.
‘Worse,’ Ollie said. ‘There were five deep cuts. The eyes of the smiley were Xs.'”
One by one, students that go to Osborne High School are being killed in horribly violent ways – and it doesn’t matter if they are at home or in school. Once the killer has targeted their next victim, that student is no longer safe. The murders start out with one student being murdered in her home, her throat cut in a terribly dark way – and no one knows who did it. When the killer strikes again and the next student turns up dead, the school is still in shock – and the killer was smart enough not to leave any clues behind. Everyone is in the dark and worrying about whether they will be the killer’s next victim. The students try and piece together who could be behind the murders, especially Makani and Ollie, along with Makani’s friends Alex and Darby.
Because I’m such a horror fan (and I actually really enjoy the grisly scenes in books and movies), this book was such an absolute treat for me! It was a kind of hold-nothing-back kind of writing style and I loved that.
There’s Someone Inside Your House is kind of hard to talk about after reading it if you don’t want to spoil the secret of who the killer is. So I’m going to be pretty secretive about this, because I had a fun time finding out who was the killer in the book. Partial spoiler? I totally didn’t guess correctly – it was someone I never suspected at all, which is why this was such an exciting read!
I liked Makani’s character. She was interesting and had a lot of depth, especially when we learn about her back story, which comes out in the later chapters near the end of the book. She lives with her grandmother and has a lot of issues with both her parents, who still live in Hawaii. Her relationship with Ollie is complex and sweet, and I found myself really liking them as a couple.
While Ollie is a bit of a misfit because of what happened with his parents and who his brother is, he seems absolutely perfect for Makani. Truthfully, I think Ollie is probably my favorite character in the whole book.
There’s also a lot in terms of friendship going on here, which I’m a huge fan of. I love how Makani, Alex, and Darby are very close – I feel like these are the kinds of friendships that we need to have in YA. I do wish that Alex and Darby’s characters had been a bit more fleshed out, but I liked them both just the same!
There’s Someone Inside Your House is a really fun read with plenty of twists that will keep you on your toes. It’s perfect for the fall/Halloween, and would make a great read to cozy up with (if you feel like being scared!). While I haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss or any of the other books by Stephanie Perkins, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and hope to go back and read those, as well.
Not only is There’s Someone Inside Your House full of mystery and thrills, but it’s also full of gore filled scenes that will be sure to keep you guessing. You’ll be completely invested in solving the mystery and loving the delightfully gory parts of the book, especially when you’re truly trying to figure out who the murderer is!
Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
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